NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) _ Connecticut is awarding more than $8 million in grants to help modernize and improve the state’s rail freight system.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced Friday that four regional railroad companies will receive funds to repair and upgrade rail lines, beds, crossings, culverts and other facilities. He was joined by U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney and state Department of

Transportation Commissioner James Redeker (REHD’-eh-kur) at a news conference in New London.

Malloy said improving the state’s freight rail infrastructure is critical to strengthening Connecticut’s economy. He said the improvements will allow more freight to be moved safely at higher speeds.

The freight operators include Providence and Worcester Railroad, Central New England Railroad, New England Central Railroad, Naugatuck Railroad. Each company is also investing in the modernization projects.

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